The Star hires Pulitzer winner to head editorial board

Colleen McCain Nelson, who was a summer intern at The Kansas City Star in 1995, will return this fall as vice president of the newspaper’s editorial board. She received a Pulitzer with two others for their editorials at The Dallas Morning News and currently covers Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The Star also is hiring Eric Nelson, her husband, to head its digital operations. For both, the move from jobs in Washington, D.C., marks a return to roots.


Lost-luggage problem is getting better, slowly, at airports

Advances in technology and bag-handling procedures deserve credit for a decline in wayward luggage, including improvements over the years in the bar-coded tags and optical scanners that have long been in use for identifying and sorting checked luggage. But optical-scanning systems have their limits, and the airline industry has been slow to adopt methods used by other industries that need to track items through the shipping process.


Verizon network dominates in latest testing

RootMetrics said Verizon won all six of its testing categories outright. No ties. It also won 41 statewide tests outright. AT&T was a strong second and Sprint held off rival T-Mobile yet again in overall performance rankings. The results confirm and contradict other testing reports, giving carriers room to market their best showings.


AMC Entertainment owner hunting for more acquisitions

Wang Jianlin, the chairman of Dalian Wanda Group Co., said he intends to buy two non-production film companies in the U.S. that are worth more than $1 billion, will then pursue one of the Big Six movie studios. The Beijing-based real estate and entertainment conglomerate owns AMC Entertainment Holdings headquartered in Leawood.


Harley-Davidson launches first major engine redesign since 1998

Harley-Davidson Inc. on Tuesday introduced an all-new engine, the Milwaukee-Eight, named for the city where the company was born. Harley, which operates a manufacturing plant near Kansas City International Airport, says it’s only the eighth time in the company’s 113-year history that it has done a complete redesign of its classic V-Twin engine.


High rents in KC cripple the poor

Bridget Hughes shows her tiny Kansas City apartment where her family of six live. Rents across Kansas City have spiked in the past year with the highest increases occurring in what had been areas with the lowest average rents, meaning that low income renters are feeling the greatest distress. Video by: ALLISON LONG |
High rents in KC cripple the poor 4:08

High rents in KC cripple the poor

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Live tweeting by Kansas City police catches on

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One city, one flag

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Priorities For KC East Side Development